Cop’s son (17) charged after schoolyard scissors stabbing

2010-05-07 00:00

A CASE of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm has been opened against a 17-year-old police officer’s son who stabbed a 16-year-old in the face with a pair of scissors at a city school on Wednesday.

Both teens are pupils at Raisethorpe Secondary. Their names are known to The Witness.

According to the police, the pair had just finished a class when the older boy approached the 16-year-old as he was leaving the classroom.

An argument ensued, and the police officer’s son then allegedly stabbed the 16-year-old in the left cheek. He was taken to Northdale Hospital for treatment.

An angry parent, who contacted The Witness about the matter and also claimed to be a relative of the assaulted pupil, said the fight was over a pen.

However, the police have not been able to confirm this. They also have not been able to confirm claims that the 17-year-old was only apprehended by the police after school, although the incident occurred at about 12.30 pm.

The 17-year-old is expected to appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court today.

The police have confirmed that his father is a warrant officer stationed in Pietermaritzburg.

When The Witness contacted both the school and the chairperson of the school governing body yesterday, they had not had a chance to speak to the pupils and their parents to get the full story.

In February, a 14-year-old ninth grader was beaten up by another ninth grader who also happened to be a police captain’s daughter. The captain’s wife and her relatives, all women in their thirties, were also part of the beating.

Police could not readily give statistics on all the recent violent incidents in schools, but Colonel Jay Naicker said the fights are usually over little things such as pupils bumping each other along the corridors or little arguments building over time.

Naicker said the police are running school safety programmes where they give talks and educate pupils on violence.

“We also work with schools to do regular random checks for weapons and illegal substances,” he said.

Parent s need to take more responsibility in “noting behaviour and conducting regular searches of their children’s bags and rooms” since the police cannot do it on a daily basis, said Naicker.

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